US accuses Pakistan of misusing copters
Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao was told that the helicopters were not being used to monitor the activities of drug barons and terrorists.india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 16:53 IST
The US government has accused Pakistan of using the expensive helicopters provided by it for works other than counter terrorism and combating drugs smuggling along the border.
US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Anne Patterson in a recent meeting with Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao in Washington has said the choppers were not being used for the purpose they were given.
Patterson reportedly told Sherpao that the US had inside information that these helicopters were not being used exclusively to monitor the activities of drug barons and terrorists.
However, Sherpao denied the charge saying both the helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft provided to Pakistan by the US were being used for the purposes they were provided.
The helicopters were recently used for the assessment of poppy cultivation in tribal areas of Pakistan, he told the US officials at the meeting.